Let me share with you how easy to get antiperspirant and deodorant stains out of black shirts, remove deodorant build up out of clothes, as well as ugly yellow stains from the armpit area of white shirts.
While it's a good thing to have sweat glands (right???) 😉 sometimes the deodorant residue on armpits and deodorant stain on the clothes they touch can leave you less than happy but I'm sharing tips on how to remove white deodorant marks in a jiffy so there’s no need to throw away your favorite shirts or black dress just because of deodorant build up and the ensuing underarm stains.
The good news is I'm spilling the beans on a few of the best methods, including the
And yes, these methods even work on crusty stains.
- The complete directions for each method and helpful tips and notes can be found throughout this post.
- Please note that some methods are ONLY for white clothes as they can remove or alter the color of darker clothes.
- Always check the care label of your garment first for any special instructions.
- The supplies, other than a washing machine, vary somewhat for each method but are included before the instructions.
First up, my favorite method but as you keep scrolling you'll see a few more that work well.
- How to Remove Pit Stains from black shirts - The Vinegar and Baking Soda Method
- Supplies Needed:
- Trial and Error
- Let’s Get to Work and Remove Those Tough Stains
- The Results
- Baking Soda and Peroxide (White Clothing Only)
- Hydrogen Peroxide and Dawn Dish Soap (White Clothing Only)
- Baking Soda and Water
- Another In a Pinch Option:
- How to Remove White Deodorant Marks from Dark Clothing
- Tips for Preventing Sweat Stains
- How to Remove Crusty Stains
How to Remove Pit Stains from black shirts - The Vinegar and
Baking Soda Method
This is a good option to remove deodorant stains from dark clothing including black t-shirts but it can also be used as a stain remover on whites and lighter colored items.
- old toothbrush or small scrubbing brush that will easily work in the palm of your hand and in smaller areas
- baking soda
- plain white vinegar – if you’re in a pinch you can substitute apple cider vinegar
- dry towel
Trial and Error
The first time I did this I treated and scrubbed the
Going forward though, and what I am recommending to you, is that you turn the shirt inside out to remove deodorant build-up and any sweat stain. It’s best to have direct contact with the problem area, the area of the build-up or stains.
So, now that that’s settled, ignore the fact that the shirt in these pictures is right side out. Turn your piece of clothing inside out for best results.
Since I didn't want to throw out all of our shirts I decided to do some research and experimenting to see if I could find anything that really worked and, thankfully, I did.
Using the same techniques I used to figure out how to remove blood stains from fabric, I went to work on these stains trying
Let’s Get to Work and Remove Those Tough Stains
There will be a cool eruption, bubbling, and gurgling. Let the chemical reaction work its magic for a few minutes before proceeding to the next step.
If you're so inclined have your littles watch the process and tell them it's a science experiment. They'll get a kick out of it and think you're super cool.
Once the eruption and chemical process has stopped, scrub the area once again using a scrubbing brush and then wash as usual with your regular laundry detergent.
I was really happy at how well this worked and how little effort it took. My husband's shirts look wearable again and I don't have to cause a distraction when we're out so people look at me and not the white stains. Okay, so they weren't that bad but I do feel much better now.
*I didn't worry about anything happening to my husband's shirt when I set out on this experiment because I had nothing to lose but you may opt to test the vinegar and
Baking Soda and Peroxide (White Clothing Only)
This tip is the best way to remove yellow armpit stains from light clothing.
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Old toothbrush or small scrubbing brush
The ratio of ingredients is simple to remember: One part hydrogen peroxide, one part
- Mix equal amounts of each ingredient in a small container until a thick paste forms and apply the mixture using a clean toothbrush to the stained area scrubbing in a circular motion.
- Allow the mixture to 'sit' on the fabric for 30 minutes to one hour and then launder as usual.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Dawn Dish Soap (White Clothing Only)
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Dawn dish soap
- Toothbrush or small scrubbing brush
- Mix well ⅓ cup of hydrogen peroxide with ¼ cup of Dawn.
- Use a toothbrush to rub the area of the sweat stains in a circular motion making sure to scrub the entire area thoroughly.
- Let sit for one hour.
- Launder as usual.
Baking Soda and Water
This can be used in a pinch but isn't as effective as the other methods described above.
- Mix equal parts baking soda and warm water.
- Apply to stained area using a toothbrush to spread it on in a thick layer and and then proceed to scrub in a circular motion.
- Allow area to dry and then launder as usual.
Another In a Pinch Option:
Aspirin - crush up a aspirin and mix with a half a cup of HOT water! Soak the stain with the solution for a few hours before laundering as usual.
How to Remove White Deodorant Marks from Dark Clothing
There are several ways to do this and they all work well and work best on fresh stains.
- Use a damp cloth to remove white marks. Make sure the washcloth is only slightly wet and swipe rapidly over the area until all of your unwanted streaks are gone.
- Baby wipes or face wipes work great but be careful to NOT use disinfecting wipes, which can contain harsh chemicals or bleach that can damage clothing.
- Magic Erasers - yes, a Magic Eraser will do the trick as well! Give it a try with just a little bit of water, squeeze, and wipe. You'll be amazed at how well this works.
Tips for Preventing Sweat Stains
- Stop using traditional antiperspirant and switch to an aluminum-free deodorant, such as Lume which is a safe whole body deodorant, to help to alleviate the issue.
- Make your own all-natural deodorant like this one.
- Use deodorant sparingly and allow it to dry completely before getting dressed.
- Launder your shirts and clothing as soon as possible after sweating in them.
- Wear undershirts that stop sweat stains such as Thompson Tee (for men and women). Thompson Tee's patented Sweat Proof Technology stops underarm sweat stains and odor for good.
- Use armpit pads.
How to Remove Crusty Stains
Use any of the methods above but first, use a meat tenderizer to 'tenderize' the area of the crustiness. This may sound odd, but it does work!
What causes sweat stains?
Sweat stains are caused by aluminum chloride (aluminum salts) which is an active ingredient that makes antiperspirants work. The combination of sweat mixed with the aluminum is what causes the unsightly yellow stains.
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How to Get Deodorant Buildup Out of Clothes
- Baking Soda
- Turn clothing inside out.
- Generously sprinkle baking soda on the area of the build-up.
- There will be a cool eruption, bubbling, and gurgling. Let the chemical reaction work its magic for a few minutes before proceeding to the next step.
- Once the eruption and chemical process has stopped, scrub the area once again using a scrubbing brush and then wash as usual.
Thank you so much for stopping by and if you have any additional tips or techniques for how to remove deodorant buildup from clothes, I'd love to hear them.